Democracy Now! September 5, 2001

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Democracy Now! September 5, 2001
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FREEDOM IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE [Replay DN! December 29, 2000]

FREEDOM IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE Nearly 38 years after James Meredith struggled against racism to enter the University of Mississippi, students have elected the school's first black student body president. Nick Lott beat his white opponent by more than 100 votes. But despite this, the school, which gained notoriety in 1962 when white students rioted against Meredith's registration, is suffering from strained race relations. Black students became the target this month of racist attacks and threats. A brick containing racial epithets was thrown through a dormitory window. After that, a flier about Black History Month was torn down and replaced with a computer-generated graphic with racist images, racial slurs and the confederate flag. Today is the last day of Black History Month, and we are devoting part of this program to a remarkable chapter in American history: the freedom struggle in Mississippi. A movie and a book have just come out: the film, "Freedom Song," starring Danny Glover, premiered on Sunday on TNT and it is the story of how the civil rights movement reached a small town in Mississippi. The book is Freedom is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. It focuses on the critical year of 1964, when civil rights workers were beaten, jailed and murdered, yet freedom schools were established, thousands registered to vote and the Mississippi Freedom Party challenged segregated elections. The book tells the stories of the participants of the Freedom Summer through songs, articles, photographs and drawings. It has the participation of historical figures of the civil rights movement, as well as its unsung heroes. Guests: Susie Erenrich, founder and Director of the Cultural Center for Social Change and editor of the new book Freedom is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (Published by Black Belt Press). Call: 202.462.4611. Contact: Bob Zellner, first white Field Secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Mamie Till Mobley, mother of Emmett Till, who was murdered in Money, Mississippi, on August 28, 1955. Ben Chaney, President of the James Earl Chaney Foundation and the younger brother of James Chaney, one of three civil rights activists killed in Mississippi in 1964. Charlie Cobb, worked in voter registration in the South and came up with the concept of the Freedom Schools. He is now a writer/reporter, just finished a book on SNCC activist Bob Moses. Related link: Cultural Center for Social Change

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September 5, 2001
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September 5, 2001
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59 min.
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